Nassau I can speak to. There is quite a bit of petty theft. The murder rate is high. Primary reason for the high murder rate is competing criminal groups who murder rivals. Most of the murders are directed by the leaders of the criminal groups from their prison cells at Fox Hill. You could call it a porous facility. Very often crime witnesses are killed, so it is difficult to get people to testify.
It used to be a rule
that accused murderers could not get bail. However, the courts have to consider bail if someone has been held for 5 years and there has not been a trial. The delays in the criminal justice system are astonishing.
In the region, the top murder locations per capita (2013) are
1. St. Kitts-45.5 per 100,000
- 44.1 per 100,000
3. Bahamas- 35 per 100,000
4. USVI 32.9
5. Trinidad & Tobago
Then follows St Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Dominica
.. the lowest crime rate was BVI.
As far as Bahamians being kind and gentle people, true, but only to a point. If you see two Bahamians (especially from Nassau) disagree on an issue, they can go at each other intensely and loudly, to the point that a person from the US or UK would think its time to call the police. And that is the men
. The women are worse! But usually nothing escalates to a physical altercation. And everyone is on good terms afterwords, as if nothing happened.
There is a lot of violence in schools, too. I have seen 6 year old boys start hitting their female cohorts if their advances are ignored. Lower class parents view this as normal. Be very watchful of your children
in The Bahamas.
, which has the highest concentration of white Bahamians (so-called Conky Joes) steer clear of the lower economic strata in the 18 to 35 age group. They tend to have an attitude and can be belligerent.
Here is a message I got in March from the US embassy Nassau:
Message: Recent Armed Robberies in Popular Areas of Nassau
March 28, 2014
The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to The Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime.
The following incidents occurred during the past two weeks in Nassau:
• On March 16, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a man operating a motorcycle at Arawak Cay was approached by another man who demanded he get off the motorcycle. When the motorist resisted, the unknown individual shot him in the thigh then sped away on the stolen motorcycle.
• On March 17, 2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers noticed occupants of a vehicle near Marathon Mall acting suspiciously and approached their vehicle, pulled the occupants out and saw that two of three individuals had on electronic monitoring ankle bracelets. The police arrested all three individuals and later determined the two individuals who were wearing electronic monitoring devices were out on bail for previous armed robberies.
• On March 20, 2014, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a woman sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot of Caves Village Plaza was approached by three men
in a car. One of the men exited the vehicle wielding a gun and demanded that the woman get out of her car. The attempted carjacking was thwarted when the woman’s screaming brought other passersby, who blocked the vehicle. The man got out of the vehicle and escaped with his companions in their own car.
• On March 21, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., three armed assailants attempted to rob an armored truck which was parked in front of the popular Wendy’s restaurant at Cable Beach. As two security
guards were transferring the cash to the truck, three armed assailants attempted to rob them. The guards ran back into the restaurant to elude the assailants. The assailants initially chased after the Guards, but fled the area when they heard sirens from Royal Bahamas Police Force cruisers responding to the incident.
• On March 22, 2014, at 2:00 a.m., three armed assailants opened fire outside the Waterloo nightclub in Nassau. Three Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers who were in the immediate vicinity of the event responded and neutralized the gunmen.
Armed robbery and violent crime remain major threats facing both U.S. citizens and residents of The Bahamas, including in areas frequented by tourists on New Providence and Grand Bahamas Islands. In the past year, a number of U.S. citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery. Crime statistics for specific islands, as well as all of The Bahamas, can be viewed on The Royal Bahamas Police Force website at: http://royalbahamaspolice.org/Statistics/
The Bahamian Government
has publicly stated its commitment to fighting crime and has increased anti-crime measures. Among the measures now being taken are increased police patrols and traffic stops. We remind U.S. citizens driving in The Bahamas to carry identification and their driver’s licenses and to cooperate with the police at traffic stops and identification checks.
In light of this situation, U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Bahamas should review their personal security plans. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events
; and monitor
local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.